ARC Reviews, Children, Graphic

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by Kirk Scroggs

Grades 3 – 6 

The Secret Spiral of Swamp KidRussell Weinwright is a middle schooler who doesn’t look much like his classmates since he is pond scum, but he has friends (who have nicknamed him Swamp Kid) and loves to scribble in his notebook about everything! In this volume, he writes about what it’s like to be different and how to be comfortable just being himself. Kids will love his quirky personality and will probably relate to him on some level as well.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Children, Middle Grade Fiction

All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey

Grades 3 – 7

Ruby Byrd, who likes to be called Red, is counting down the days when she can be back under the care of her mother, who is trying to get her life in order. Until then, Red is placed in foster care with Celine and Jackson Groove, an odd couple who run a petting zoo. Just when Red starts to like her new life with the Grooves, her mother comes back into her life like a raging storm. Will the courts allow her mother to gain custody once more?

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

 

Biography, Children

Epic Athletes: Alex Morgan by Dan Wetzel

Grades 3 – 6 

Alex Morgan is a soccer superstar and a role model for girls and soccer lovers of all ages. Her life and soccer career are chronicled in this biography about her in the Epic Athletes series by Dan Wetzel. Young Alex Morgan fans will love this book, and will be eager to read the rest of the series as well.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Children, Nonfiction

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

Grades 3 – 7

Chock full of facts about Neil Armstrong, outer space and NASA, this book will take readers on adventure to the moon and back. The text explains the history Apollo 11 in terms kids will understand and includes photos of the event as well. Readers will learn about a piece of our history that will never be forgotten and have a blast doing it!  

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Children, Nonfiction

Code This Game by Meg Ray and Keith Zoo

Grades 4 – 6

Coding is so important for kids to understand these days, and it is an essential tool for the future. Code This Game teaches kids about Python, a coding language used to develop video games. They will learn to code their own version of Attack of the Vampire Pizzas, and then customize—or break—it the way they choose. Not only will Code This Game be a ton of fun for kids, it will enable them to learn a ton about coding and hacking that they’ll need in this digital age.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children

The Lost Boy’s Gift by Kimberly Willis Holt

Grades 3 – 6 

When his parents get divorced, Daniel has to move across the country with his mom. He is hurt and angry, and has lots of negative feelings about what’s happening in his life right now. Things start to look up, however, when he meets the people who live on his street – the mailman, the Lemonade Girl, and even two creatures he befriends. What a heartwarming story!

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Biography, Children, Nonfiction

Counting On Katherine by Helaine Becker

Grades 3 – 5

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker is a biography about Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who calculated the flight path for NASA’s first moon landing in 1969. The book starts out by telling readers about Katherine’s childhood and her lifelong love of math. It then goes on to explain how she became a mathematician when she grew up, and how she saved Apollo 13.

Adventure, Children, Graphic, Middle Grade Fiction

Max & The Midknights by Lincoln Pierce

Grades 3 – 5

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Max and the Midknights is the first book in a new series by the author of Big Nate, Lincoln Peirce. It is about a girl named Max, who lives with her Uncle Budrick during the Middle Ages. Budrick is a troubadour—a traveling entertainer—who has dubbed himself “Sir Budrick.” In the Middle Ages, “sir” is the title for a knight, but Uncle Budrick isn’t actually a knight; he is just using “Sir Budrick” as a stage name. When Uncle Budrick gets kidnapped by King Ghastley, it is up to Max to come to the rescue! Read Max & the Midknights to find out what happens in Lincoln Peirce’s newest adventure.

Children, Nonfiction

The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk

Grades 2 – 4

Chock full of true facts and fun illustrations, this nonfiction book about the sun is sure to be a hit! Did you know that the sun is actually our Solar System’s star? Or that the sun is the biggest thing in the Solar System? The Earth is the third planet from the sun, and it people used to use it to tell time. You can find these and tons of other facts about the sun when you read The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk.